Biggie vs. Tupac, Dodgers vs. Yankees, Broadway vs. Hollywood—it’s hard to neglect the obvious L.A. vs. N.Y.C. rivalry, especially when it tacitly but pervasively spills over into the food scene. New Yorkers drool over dollar al pastor tacos and year-round avocado toast from Sqirl on Instagram while Angelenos grow envious of the $19 smoked fish platters at Sadelle’s and any restaurant with a Michelin-star attached to its name in the last five years.
We have some of the best food in the world in L.A., but we don’t have any truly monolithic restaurants that we can point to and say, “That! That’s the one from the super antiquated list that everyone still inexplicably thinks is important!” Not that we need it, but, you know, it’d be nice to know what it felt like. Now, per a report from the L.A. Times, it looks like we might get a taste of one. Chef Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park—three Michelin stars and number five on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list—is opening a branch of his NoMad restaurant downtown. Jonathan Gold has the full scoop.
“… So it is probably biggish news that Humm and Giudara announced Wednesday their plans for a second Nomad in Los Angeles, their first restaurant outside Manhattan, to open sometime in the fall of 2017.
The restaurant will be located in the Giannini Place complex at 7th and Olive streets downtown, an ornate neoclassical structure built in 1923 as an office building for A.P. Giannini’s Bank of Italy, which eventually would become Bank of America. The building was designed by Los Angeles architects Morgan, Walls & Clements, who also designed the Wiltern and Mayan theaters. The complex also will house a new Los Angeles version of the Nomad Hotel….
…”There will definitely be a lot that is similar to the New York restaurant,” Giudara said by phone Wednesday morning from New York. “But we are determined not to just cut and paste either the décor or the menu. Right now, I’m just overwhelmed by the space; the ceiling is amazing.”
“An L.A. 11 Madison Park is not in the plans at the moment,” Giudara said. “But when we took over 11 Madison Park, we had no idea we’d be doing Nomad. Once we begin spending more time in Los Angeles, you never know what could happen.”